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The Caitlyn Jenner Effect: A Trans News Round-Up

By Kristy Puchko | Miscellaneous | June 8, 2015 |

By Kristy Puchko | Miscellaneous | June 8, 2015 |

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out has electrified the world, for better and for worse. And whatever you might think about the Kardashians, you must see Jenner’s bravery here has had an incredible impact. Not only in educating the public about trans people, but also in drawing attention to other trans people living out loud and proud. It’s an embarassment of riches, so a round-up was called for.

First off, here’s a surprising story of one man’s enlightenment. It all began with this Facebook post:

Terry Coffey posted this before discovering the source of the image he shared. It’s from the movie Marwencol, which is a documentary about artist Mark Hogancamp who had to rebuild his life after a violent attack by strangers left him close to death and without any memory of who he was before. Creating a model town and photographing it was therapy to help him deal with his emotions and relearn how to use his hands. When Coffey read that the reason that Hogancamp was attacked was because he is a crossdresser, the effect was profound:


Shout out to Claude Weaver III for the tip.

You can rent Marwencol here.

In other Jenner-related reactions, MTV has broken down why the memes going around are ridiculous/offensive. Maybe you’ve seen this one?


The thing is, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage has no runner-up. So this is bogus and transphobia masquerading as patriotism. Noah Galloway sounds like a hell of a guy. It’s a damn shame he got roped into a bigoted meme.

Meanwhile Jezebel reports out of Utah, U.S. Navy veteran Sophia Hawes-Tingey is running for office, making her the first trans person to appear on a public ballot there.

The Guardian is sharing the stories of trans youth in Israel who refuse to hide.

The New York Times explores the rise of trans books for kids. Author Sam Martin said of his own works, “My goal was to write stories that would have helped me feel less alone at that age.”

And finally, NYT shares the story of a transgender military couple whose coming out could kill their careers:

Kristy Puchko just realized it’s super dusty in here. ~sniffle~

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.